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Gunstar Heroes follows the story of Gunstar twins Red and Blue as they battle Colonel Red and the Emperor, two evildoers bent on bringing the robot Golden Silver back to life to destroy the world.
Treasure proves again they never failDeweyDTruman | Feb. 8, 2013 | See all DeweyDTruman's reviews »
Let's get down to the point: Gunstar Heroes has absolutely amazing gameplay. With many different types of guns you can use, you'll always be trying something different with the enemies. If you have a friend with you, it only gets better. The story's nice but not that great, but the music is pretty good, and the graphics look great for what they are. There's a lot that can be said about this game, but the most basic fact of the matter is that it's worth every penny, and you're doing yourself a disservice if you don't play it at least once in your life.
The Answer Is Always More DakkaCrimsonWizard | Jan. 19, 2013 | See all CrimsonWizard's reviews »
Gunstar Heroes is a run n' gun game made by Treasure, where you dart about screen, shooting any enemy that gets in your way, such as in the vein of Metal Slug and Contra. Why? Well, the story is very simple, an evil empire is going to revive an ancient evil robot that will obliterate Earth, and you (and a potential second player) are the only one who can blast both threats into dust.
Unlike it's competition however, Gunstar Heroes allows you to survive multiple hits. This doesn't make the game easy, in fact it keeps up a good difficulty curve to the end. However, it does make it fairer, allowing you to survive that one stray shot that would have killed you in similar games. The real mechanic that sets it apart though are the weapon orbs. You have two weapon slots to put in four different guns that can be combined that boil down to flamethrower, rapid fire, a lightning straight shot, and homing shots. While you can combine two of the same gun for a greater effect, part of the fun of the game is trying out the various gun combinations until you find the one you really like to deal with the stage and bosses.
Speaking of the bosses, the game's fantastic graphics give a lot of life and personality to the bad guys you're fighting, and the levels your shooting through. While they aren't quite as sophisticated as the 2D animation found in Metal Slug, Treasure managed to do more with lesser technology, matching the quality of their other titles such as Dynamite Headdy.
Gunstar Heroes is one of those classic games that really holds up well as a solid run n' gun game that few have surpassed. The price is fantastic for what you're getting, even better if you have a friend to play it with. If you're looking for some intense action, Gunstar Heroes will deliver.
16-Bit Coop Doesn't Get Much Better Than ThisAkaRai | Jan. 6, 2013 | See all AkaRai's reviews »
Put simply, Gunstar Heroes is a classic, with great designs, great humor, and extremely enjoyable fast-paced, frantic action. The plot varies depending on which version of the game you play, but to boil it down, in either version of the story you play as Red and Blue, two of the Gunstars, are aided by female gunstar Yellow, and are betrayed by Green. Nearly everyone in this game has a color-themed name. As Red and Blue, your mission is to collect four gems to try to prevent the return of Golden Silver.
The plot is of minor importance, the draw here is the gameplay. In particular the boss battles are considered the game's highlight, but it's fun all the way through. Controls are fluid, and combat is frantic. It's a run and gun game, with four weapons to choose from which can be combined allowing for a total of 16 possible unique weapons. You can also attack enemies with close-range attacks and even grab and throw enemies.
Looking for a 16-bit era classic? This is it.
Wrestling with gunsemperor20 | March 23, 2012 | See all emperor20's reviews »
So you have characters named after colors and an over-the-top moveset that includes launching yourself at people in the hope they die before your invincibility frames run out. Something must be off when your guys are supposed to save the world and they start by blowing up a village of tiny people and tossing each other at bosses.
It only gets crazier when you go against bouncing faces, polygonal giants running in the background, and a transformer turning into a giant zapper. There are so many quirky bosses in these stages that makes use of polygons you see in Vectorman and Sonic the Hedgehog.
The good old days!meiji | Nov. 20, 2011 | See all meiji's reviews »
Who doesn't love blasting everything into smithereens while listening to an epic story? Gunstar Heroes will FOREVER and ALWAYS be one of my all time favorite games. Great BGMs and diversity of weapons. One of the games that define side scroller shooters. It's also great for those kinds of people who like putting in effort. You will find yourself putting in more effort into this game than trying to sleep after drinking coffee trying to unlock the full story.
Short Version? - Under priced.